Now that it seems there are no major problems after all, so there is no need to change and there is no need for new ideas. Does anyone else agree it’s a pity that many seem to have flicked back to the same ways of thinking and acting which got us into a mess?
Peace movement groups often take up one side of a conflict against another. Lately, in New Zealand at least, there has been much strong peace-movement feeling against Israeli actions and policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It doesn’t seem right to me to live in a world where it is said that there is ‘free speech’ but we can only feel really free to talk about safe things, like feeling and expressing gratitude and positive thoughts, and whether and how to part our hair or cover bald spots.
In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
Many in this part of the world are preparing for Christmas celebrations and summer holidays and 2010... I’ve been challenged to come up with more practical ‘how tos’ and make it easier for you - as the real knowledge actors - to engage in explorations...
In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the frequency of calls for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and someone we can rely on to look after our interests...
Babies need to have familiar, trusted people they can relate to. However, high staff turnover in most child care facilities makes it difficult to meet the need babies have for stable attachments - a familiar person who shows interest in them beyond feeding and changing nappies.
I realised after I responded in a personal way, that the invitation I had received was just one of many sent by a machine. This machine didn’t know me, apart from as a series of 0s and 1s, wouldn’t understand what I was saying, wouldn’t care whether I was in good health or not, and whether I attended or not.